Movistar+ secures rights to Bundesliga

Telefónica’s pay TV service Movistar+ has secured rights to German Bundesliga football through to the 2023-24 season. The company’s latest sports rights deal follows agreements closed over the last year with UEFA, the NBA, the ACB, the FOM and sports streamer DAZN. The pay TV operator says its sports portfolio, including the Bundesliga, is enabling […]

Spanish watchdog demands changes to Telefónica-DAZN F1 deal

Spanish competition and markets regulator the CNMC has demanded that Telefónica change the terms of its agreement over Formula 1 with sports streamer DAZN to meet obligations it undertook at the time of its acquisition of pay TV operator DTS/Sogecable. Telefónica agreed in January this year to sub-license Formula 1 rights to DAZN and to […]

Spanish watchdog gives qualified welcome to new media law proposals

Spain’s markets regulator the CNMC has published an update on plans for a revision of the country’s audiovisual media law which specifies that all players present in the market “that compete for the same audience” should contribute to the financing of public broadcaster RTVE. The change would mean that VOD operators and video-sharing platforms would […]

MásMóvil secures preliminary approval for Euskaltel takeover

Spanish service provider MásMóvil has secured preliminary approval from markets regulator the CNMC for its planned takeover of northern regional cable operator Euskaltel, which operates nationally via the Virgin telco brand. The regulator has approved the first phase of the takeover, which will see the consolidation of the fourth and fifth largest operators in the […]

Half of Spaniards consuming paid streaming video

Half of Spanish home with internet access now consume paid-for streaming video, according to the latest statistics published by markets regulator the CNMC. According to the watchdog, 49.6% of internet homes used such services at the end of last year, up from 40.5% at the end of 2019, a growth rate of 23%. The number […]

Spanish pay TV tops 8m subs but overall TV revenues plummet

TV revenues in Spain fell by a substantial 10% last year as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made itself felt on the economy, despite strong growth in pay TV numbers. According to the latest figures from markets regulator the CNMC, pay TV numbers passed the eight million mark for the first time last year, […]

Spanish pay TV revenue fall as subscriber numbers rise

Pay TV revenues in Spain declined in the third quarter of last year, despite a rise in the number of subscribers, according to the latest data released by regulator the CNMC. According to the watchdog, pay TV revenues declined by 2.1% year-on-year to €526.1 million. While IPTV and satellite TV revenues both fell, cable revenues […]

Half of Spanish internet users now subscriber to online video

Half of Spanish internet-connected homes are now consuming subscription online video services, according to data released by regulator the CNMC. According to the data, half of homes were consuming pay services at the half-year point, up 33% in one year. The number of homes paying for online video rose to 49.1% at the end of […]

Pay TV and ad revenues drop in Spain in Q1, but OTT TV grows

Pay TV and TV advertising revenues tumbled in the first quarter in Spain as the COVID-19 pandemic tightened its grip, according to figures released by regulator the CNMC. Pay TV subscriptions also fell, but online TV subs rose sharply, taking the overall pay video universe into growth. IPTV revenues dropped by a marginal 1.2% to […]

Spanish watchdog consults on audiovisual services regulation of video-sharing platforms

Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC has opened a public consultation on the regulation of service providers on video sharing platforms, with the goal of assessing the application of the country’s audiovisual law on such platforms. The CNMC said that it was consulting with the objective of garnering viewpoints and information relevant t to the function […]

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